Live 101.5's Sustainability Initiative - April 21st

Earth Day

ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS TO LEARN ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY

1. RECYCLE.
Create and label recycling bins with your kids at home, so that the process is easier for everyone.
2. PICK UP TRASH.
Go on a ‘green team walk’ with your kids and bring along some gloves and a bag. Kids will enjoy feeling the impact that they have on the earth as they help clean up their own neighborhood or street.
3. PLANT A GARDEN.
Growing your own organic food helps save on the distance food has to travel to get to you. Plus, teaching kids to garden is such a beneficial experience!
4. MAKE LAUNDRY PRODUCTS AT HOME.
Kids love to scoop and pour. Whip up some homemade detergent to use at home.
14 cups very hot water, divided 1 cup baking soda, divided 1/2 cup salt 1 cup unscented liquid castile soap 30 drops lavender essential oil, optional, for scent Gallon-sized jug
5. REUSE ITEMS FOR CRAFTS.
The recycling bin is a great place to turn for craft inspiration!
6. MAKE HOMEMADE ART ITEMS.
From paintbrushes to paint and even stamps, here are some art materials that can be made at home.
7. PLAY OUTSIDE!
This simple activity goes a long way in teaching sustainability. Sharing in and appreciating a love of the outdoors will inspire kids to care for the earth.
8. MAKE HOMEMADE INSTRUMENTS.
Make your own maracas and drums for a pretend marching band!
9. COLLECT RAIN WATER.
Kids can water plants or fill up a water table with rain water that has been collected outside.
10. READ BOOKS ABOUT THE EARTH.
Books are great for young kids to begin to learn about the earth.
11. MAKE YOUR OWN PAPER.
Kids can use recycled paper scraps to make new paper!
12. PLANT A TREE.
If you don’t have the space for a large tree, planting even a small tree in your backyard is one of the best things you can do for the environment.
13. MAKE A WORM FARM.
Worms are so efficient at breaking down leftover kitchen scraps and turning them into rich fertilizer.
14. DO A WATER POLLUTION EXPERIMENT.
This simple activity helps kids understand that water pollution exists, even if not completely visible.
15. MAKE YOUR OWN CLOTH NAPKINS.
This is such a simple way to cut down on waste and help the environment. Bonus: for older kids, this could be a great beginner sewing project!
16. MAKE SOME SEED PAPER.
Use scrap paper, add seeds, and plant it! Kids can see the value of recycling and make the world a bit more beautiful at the same time.
17. MAKE A MINI GREENHOUSE.
Start your organic garden indoors with these great mini greenhouses (and don’t forget to recycle the cup when done!)